Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field smiling and holding a football after recovering a fumble
ENGLEWOOD—Those San Diego Chargers may have been far from a winning team this season but they were tough on medial collateral ligaments.
Denver Broncos’ outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware suffered a sprained MCL on his left knee in the game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
“I’m good now,” Ware said as he walked out of the Broncos’ locker room Friday.
Brock Osweiler, the Broncos’ starting quarterback against the Chargers, suffered a low-grade strain of his right MCL in the second quarter Sunday. Had the Broncos not rallied to beat the Chargers, 27-20, behind backup quarterback Peyton Manning, Osweiler, Ware and free safety Darian Stewart might not have been able to play in a first-round AFC playoff game at Houston this Saturday.
But because the Broncos did win, they received a first-round bye and won’t play until next Sunday, Jan. 17, in a second-round game against either Houston, Kansas City or Pittsburgh at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Sanders new thrower
Broncos’ receiver Emmanuel Sanders finished with 76 catches for 1,135 yards in 15 games this season – 46 receptions for 639 yards in nine games started by Manning; 30 catches for 496 yards in the six games he played with Brock Osweiler as the starter.
Manning was named the starter for the Broncos’ second-round AFC playoff game next Sunday, Jan. 17.
“I’m happy for him,” Sanders said. “He battled a lot of adversity. He’s been through a lot. I know he’s happy to be back. That’s a tough question because Brock did an exceptional job. He got us in the position that we’re in right now. So did Peyton. We have two good quarterbacks. I know it was a tough decision but we’re rolling with what the front office and coaches want to do and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Broncos are among four AFC playoff teams – Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Houston were the others – who started multiple quarterbacks this season.
“I’m not predicting the future or anything,” Sanders said. “I don’t work in the front office, but post-Peyton Manning I think they’ve got the guy in Brock. He’s only going to get better.”
Ware, Osweiler and Stewart sat out practice again Friday, as did cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. (shoulder), Aqib Talib (rest), strong safety T.J. Ward (ankle), inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (ankle) and tight end Owen Daniels (both knees).
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